Week of 1/9: Financial Peace Workshop, Sexuality & Gender Sermon Series

Sexuality & Gender Series
Starting January 15, we will begin a 7 week sermon series on sexuality and gender, and how we can receive those as gifts from God and discern God’s calling for these parts of our lives. We recognize that the wider big-C Church hasn’t always done that well, so let’s pray and encourage one another to press in to authentic and vulnerable conversation together! Let’s seek the good healing and transformation God has for us.

Life groups are an important part of how we grow as a community, and how we engage our questions around this and other hard topics. They’ll begin discussions of sexuality and gender in conjunction with our sermon series in the week following 1/15.

We’re starting 3 new groups during this series, if you’re looking for a short-term or gender-specific way to be a part of the sexuality and gender conversation.

  • Sundays: At 9:30am beginning January 15th, join leaders Jessica and Derek Miller as they begin a new Sunday morning Life Group. All are welcome. The first study the group will do will correspond with the Sexuality and Gender sermon series. There will be childcare available. Questions? Please email Pastor Valerie or Jessica.
  • Women’s Group: Please join leaders Helen Heston and Sam Watkiss for a new women’s only short term Life Group. The group will meet for 7 weeks and discuss the Sexuality and Gender sermon series and study guide. Questions? Please email Pastor Valerie, Helen or Sam.
  • Men’s Group: Men’s Sexuality and Gender Life Group – Interested in joining a men’s only group to discuss our upcoming sermon series? Please email Pastor Valerie or Mike Kiser.

Financial Peace Workshop: Starts Sun. 1/22, 12:30-2:30pm

Does the amount of money you have dictate the amount of hope you have? Would you rather listen to nails claw down a chalkboard than talk about your budgeting life? Have you considered what it means to you for money to be fully integrated into your life, including your relationship with God?

Join us as we take a journey with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU), contextualized for the Servant Church community’s concerns. We will meet for 9 weeks of 2-hour sessions to gain a sturdy spiritual and practical groundwork toward a healthy financial life. This contextualized facilitation of FPU has a track record of creating space for spiritual transformation and long-term healthy budget behaviors, not to mention massive debt reduction.

Rev. Carrie Graham, the first director of Austin Seminary’s Ministers Facing Money program, will facilitate the sessions each week. She is experienced in facilitating FPU to meet a specific audience’s theologies and needs, as well as in providing pastoral consultations around finances.

Participants are encouraged to take the class with your household – childcare is provided – and single folks can bring a friend free of charge. The cost is $93 for materials, payable at servantchurchaustin.org/give. Please register at the link below in addition to making payment at the SC website.

Face money with your faith, not your fear. Allow the hope of Christ to navigate your money, not vice versa.

Register online now. Contact Rev. Carrie Graham if you have questions.

Holiday Giving
Every year at Christmas, Servant Church likes to give a gift for Jesus’s Birthday.  This year we’ll be donating to three organizations: Teen Reach Adventure Camp (local), Dieke Community (Africa), and Highland Support Project (Guatemala).  Each of these organizations provides the ability for people in poverty to take advantage of opportunities that will encourage, equip, and support.  Find out more from our flier and video that we shared on Sunday during worship.

We have raised over $3,000 toward this gift so far – thank you for your gifts!

“Servant Church Aspires” Update
What are we grateful for, in our corporate and individual lives?  What are we dreaming with God of becoming as a church?  And how can we give our gifts to help us move toward those dreams and aspirations?  We’re collecting 2017 ‘estimates of giving’ for the rest of 2016.  You may fill out the Servant Church Aspires form both at Servant Church or from your home at www.servantchurch.org/give.

We aspire that 100% of those committed to Servant Church prayerfully consider to give something financially (we happily received an estimate of $1/week).  We also aspire to support you in all of the non-financial ways you serve with your time, talents, and ideas. Talk to Dusty Harshman at langhugh@gmail.com if you have any further questions about the Servant Church Aspires series or church finances.

Parents’ Night Out: Sat. 1/21; 5:30-9pm
We’ll have childcare workers available on January 14th. Drop off your children at the church and have a beautiful evening to yourselves. Feel free to invite friends not connected to Servant Church to enjoy a night of babysitting with you.

There’s a suggested donation of $25 for the first child and $10 for all other children, up to $40 per family. Sign up online by Wednesday, January 18th to reserve your spot.

Evensong with Holy Communion: Returning Sun. 1/15, 5:30-6ish
Our contemplative Sunday evening worship will return in the New Year. We’ll share a simple liturgy, a few songs and readings, times of silence, and communion. By joining together to quiet ourselves, we hope to connect with God, recalibrate our spirits, and prepare for the week ahead.

There won’t be childcare, but there will be art materials. If your kids are noisy, that’s ok – Evensong will be rough around the edges anyway! Older children are encouraged to join in. If any of them would like to lead a prayer or reading, we’d be honored to hear from them. Contact Ben Wright if you have questions.

Save the Date – Welcome to Servant Church Lunch: Sun. 1/22, 12:30-1:30pm
New to Servant Church? Please join us for lunch on Sunday January 22nd after our worship gathering. This will be an opportunity to meet the pastors, to hear Servant Church’s story, and to share your own. Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP by 1/18. Questions? Email Valerie.

Giving Gears, a Mechanical Ministry: Sat. 1/28, 10am-noon
Giving Gears – our car care ministry – starts back up again this month. If you need some minor car repair or maintenance, or if you’re interested in helping out, head to the church space on January 28th. All are welcome as volunteers or beneficiaries. No skills necessary!

Bring tools, jacks, and ramps if you have them. Talk to Nick Reith with any questions.

New East + South Life Groups
We are excited to announce the addition of two new life groups:

East: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm – at the Vogt’s – down the street from the church space. Email Valerie for more info.

South: Every Monday, 6-8pm, meeting at The Thicket at 7800 S. 1st St. (they’ll rotate houses when there’s bad weather). The group will be reading Brian McLaren’s book We Make the Road By Walking. Email Catherine Harper for more info.

Save the Date! Rethink Leadership: Feb. 4, 2017 
Mark your calendar for the annual “Rethink Leadership” training event that offers workshops and resources for Capital District laity and clergy. Workshops will offer resources connected to JFON immigration clinic, FreeStore, youth ministry, social media in ministry, as well as personnel, facilities and finance teams.  Talk to Eric for more info.